I have some graphics done in my favourite Inkscape and I need it to be Tiny SVG compliant in order to be able to drive it later pragmatically by QtSVG.

Collecting tiny bits and pieces from many different sources, I came with a following procedure:

  1. Save as..
  2. Choosing "Optimized SVG"
  3. In the optimization dialog I checked (translated to EN):
    • Options
      • [x] Shorten color values
      • [x] Convert CSS properties to XML
      • [x] Collapse groups
      • [x] Create groups for similar attributes
      • [ ] Keep editor data
      • [ ] Keep unreferenced definitions
      • [x] Work around renderer bugs
    • SVG output
      • [ ] Remove XML declaration
      • [x] Remove metadata <<< Note: Important <<<
      • [ ] Remove comments
      • [x] Embed raster images
      • [ ] Enable viewboxing
      • [x] Format output with line-breaks and indentation
      • [ ] Strip the "xml:space" attribute from the root SVG element
    • ID
      • [ ] Remove unused IDs
      • [ ] Shorten IDs
      • [x] Preserve manually created IDs not ending with digits

Now it works, if the graphics does not contain a text. However I need the graphics to contain text, basically AFAIK meaning it must contain <text> elements.

My Inkscape is 1.0.1 running on OpenSuSE Leap 15.3 Linux system with "Optimized SVG" extension for Scour of version 0.31+. System tells me I have python3-scour 0.37-1.45.

The default format of the output for a text field from Inkscape is:

<text id="T1m" transform="translate(-4.4781 -24.9064)"
 fill="#000000" font-family="sans-serif" font-size="10.5833px"
 letter-spacing="0px" word-spacing="0px">
   <tspan x="46.580078" y="138.18859">
      <tspan baseline-shift="sub" font-size="65%">1m</tspan> 

That gives me errors like:

qt.svg: <input>:207:212: Could not add child element to parent element because the types are incorrect.
qt.svg: <input>:207:273: Could not add child element to parent element because the types are incorrect.
qt.svg: <input>:207:298: Could not add child element to parent element because the types are incorrect. 

...and the program subsequently crashes.

If I manually edit it removing <tspan> elements:

  <text id="T1m" transform="translate(-4.4781 -24.9064)" fill="#000000" font-family="sans-serif" font-size="10.5833px" letter-spacing="0px" word-spacing="0px">T1m=15°C</text>

...then I get no errors, but also no text in the graphics.

Could anyone advise how to get a compliant Tiny SVG from Inkscape? I.e. a change to the output dialogue, a CLI conversion tool or even a text-editor changes that make the text elements to work...

  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. I don't see how this is a graphic design question TBH. Changes to the way Inkscape exports SVGs is not something a graphic designer can really help you with. If you think there is a bug then better to contact the developers. Sorry about that.
    – Billy Kerr
    May 29, 2022 at 18:42
  • If you don't need actual editable text, you could convert text to outlines using Path > Object to Path, but I've no idea if this will work for you.
    – Billy Kerr
    May 29, 2022 at 18:45
  • No I don't really think there's a bug in Inkscape, I think it's about to know what to set. I assume there are people dealing with SVG and particularly Tiny SVG, who are accustomed to the peculiarities of such export or conversion :-). And unfortunately, I do need to dynamically modify the text... May 29, 2022 at 18:57

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Since there was no answer, the only way I could resolve it is to manually edit the SVG file using the Tiny SVG documentation.

So I turned the line with text property mentioned in the question into following one:

<text id="T1m" fill="#000000" font-family="sans-serif" font-size="10px" letter-spacing="0px" word-spacing="0px" x="50" y="150">T1m=15°C</text>

Particularly the subscript and some tspan nesting and/or attributes seem to create issues. I needed to recalculate position coordinates too.

I'll see if I improve and automate this in future. Will expand this answer in such case.

  • TSPAN elements will be added to text in Inkscape automatically, but you can remove them in the XML editor right inside Inkscape. See example here
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 3, 2022 at 11:37

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